This 16th annual review of the situation of the country’s children is published by the Children’s Institute (CI), University of Cape Town, in partnership with UNICEF South Africa; the DSI-NRF Centre for Excellence in Human Development, University of the Witwatersrand; the Standard Bank Tutuwa Community Foundation; and The LEGO Foundation.
This sixteenth issue of the South African Child Gauge focuses attention on child and adolescent mental health and how early experiences of adversity ripple out across the life course and generations at great cost to individuals and society. It calls on South African society to put children at the centre of all policies in order to protect children from harm, build their capacity to cope with stress and adversity, and provide them with opportunities to thrive.
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Professor Linda Richter, DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Human Development, University of the Witwatersrand
- The mental health of children and adolescents: A human rights imperative
Advocate Bongani Majola, Chairperson, South African Human Rights Commission
PART ONE: CHILDREN AND LAW REFORM
PART TWO: CHILD AND ADOLESCENT MENTAL HEALTH
- Shifting perspectives: Towards a holistic understanding of child and adolescent mental health
- Environment matters: The social determinants of child and adolescent mental health
- A life-course perspective on the biological, psychological and social development of child mental health
- Families: Foundations for child and adolescent mental health and well-being
- The role of educational institutions in promoting and protecting mental health across childhood, adolescence and youth
- Health services and systems for child and adolescent mental disorders in South Africa: Towards a better future
- Child and adolescent mental health and the digital world: A double-edged sword
- Violence and child and adolescent mental health: A whole-of-society response
- Disability and mental health: Addressing discrimination and enhancing participation
- Conclusion: Putting children at the centre